USN Corpsman Bags
Posted 18 September 2008 - 02:56 AM
Posted 22 September 2008 - 05:26 AM
A Unit No. 3 bag made in the pattern similar to the USMC M1941 knapsack. My initial guess was it might be post WW2 being a dark OD color shade. But then I recalled seeing one of the other pattern unit 3 bags that belonged to a collector in the UK, and it was dark OD also. So I now think those are WW2, but made late in the war. There would have been no need for continued production between 1945 and 1950 and I would think there'd still be amples supplies of unit 3 bags early in the Korea War. I'm told a new style corpsman bag was adopted later in the Korean war
I just found what appears to be the same design bag as described above but made much earlier.
Posted 31 January 2009 - 03:50 PM
In 1939, the Navy was using early U.S. Army medical pouches with leather and buckle closures. However, these were only available in one size.
Notice that one of the leather straps is completely gone and the other one is hanging by a thread. That's probably one reason they went to web closures.
Posted 31 January 2009 - 03:58 PM
Posted 31 January 2009 - 09:50 PM
This link will take you to the Army Medical Manual that shows the first aid bags you mention. They are not the same as the bag you show. This is a guess on your bag and may be totally wrong. I have a copy of the USN Landing Force Manual dated 1918 and in the First Aid section there are drawings of Corpsmen and they are shown with bags that look like yours. It is a small drawing though so I can't be sure.
Hopefully one of the USN or WW1 collectors can clear this up.
Posted 16 February 2009 - 02:24 PM
Ill try and post some pictures of my bags over the next few weeks
That last post certainly looks like a WWI pattern corpsman's pouch although i haven't seen that particular type before.
Posted 27 May 2009 - 12:10 PM
My friend pleased me to post this info here...
I hope it helps!
Posted 27 May 2009 - 05:12 PM
Look at post # 7 to see the bag discussed.
Posted 05 June 2009 - 09:12 AM
Webcat is the one that ID'ed the Knapsack type bag for me. It is marked 3 on the back. I never got the documentation from him before he fell ill. I will see if I can find more on it too. It may have been an attempt to confuse Japanese snipers that were looking for the other style bags.
Here's one of the corpsman pouches made to the M1941 knapsack pattern. Instead of the usual "UNIT NO. 3" markings it's got markings that appear to be "POUCH H. C. LARGE" plus some more markings which are illegible. And it's made of canvas in color shades similar to early WW2 USMC M1941 packs made at the Phila Depot.
Posted 05 July 2009 - 01:03 AM
Posted 05 July 2009 - 11:33 AM
Man, that is one outstanding bag, Greg- never seen one like it :thumbsup:
Edited by 'Flage Guy, 05 July 2009 - 11:36 AM.
Posted 27 July 2009 - 05:26 PM
Posted 14 August 2009 - 02:38 PM
It's well used but has a different stencil than the others I have seen posted.
It is stenciled FIRST AID KIT across the lower front though it is very faded and as you can see there is an iodine stain partially obscuring the word FIRST.
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